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Singapore qualifying as it happened

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By David Ornstein

1650: It'll shortly be lights out at Singapore's Marina Bay street circuit, and that's it from me. However, before I leave let me point you in the direction of Richard Rae's qualifying report and Nabil Hassan's photo gallery. Sunday is race day, so be sure to get yourselves back here for 1130 BST. It should a belter.

Lewis Hamilton: "It was not such a bad qualifying session, I can't really complain. I am on the right side of the grid, the car is working well and hopefully that continues into tomorrow and puts us in a good position."

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel: "It was a pretty messy qualifying for us. I never really got into the rhythm. I got a little bit of traffic, just didn't get it into one lap as I did in qualifying. In the first run I misjudged the gap to the car ahead. After four or five corners I was already in the back of Michael. Second run, I had a good lap, in sector two turns 11, 12, 13 I slightly hit the wall in that section and lost some time. I could make it up in sector three, but not enough. I think we had the car to be on pole. But we are on the front row and have a quick car and we should have a strong race. Fernando got the maximum out and this is what we did not do, so we are second."

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BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra commentator David Croft on Twitter: "Wow, brilliant qualy session. Set's things up beautifully for a cracking race tomorrow. I had a feeling that Alonso might surprise Red Bull."

Pole-sitter Fernando Alonso: "Obviously, as you saw, it was not an easy qualifying session. We had very little time to race in dry conditions, it seemed to remain damp here throughout. We were not 100% confident on some of the corners in practice, but by the time Q3 came about, I could push harder and both my tyres worked really well. I was quite happy with my lap, I didn't know if it was good enough for pole but we got 100% out of the car today. We had a problem in Q2 with the mapping in the car but we changed it, and by Q3 it was ok and I got the time."

1629: Coming into this weekend a Red Bull had started on pole at 12 of the season's 14 grands prix. Hamilton denied them in Canada, Alonso in Italy and the Spaniard's done it again today. Are the FIA's new regulations on flexible bodywork starting to be felt?

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner: "It was as slightly frustrating Q3 for us. Unfortunately Sebastian got held up by Michael (Schumacher) who was just so slow on his first run. Then on his final lap he touched the barrier on the exit of Turn 12 and lost a couple of tenths and that was the difference today. And Mark just didn't get a good lap together. We underperformed - we should have two or three 10ths up the road. But we're on the front row and this is a long, hard race."

1620: So Ferrari's two-time world champion Fernando Alonso starts on pole with a flying lap of 1:45.390. Joining him on the front row is the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel (1:45.457), while McLaren's Lewis Hamilton (1:45.571) will start from third. Reigning world champion Jenson Button (1:45.944) is fourth in his McLaren and championship leader Mark Webber (1:45.977) of Red Bull is fifth. The five men are separated by 24 points in the drivers' standings and, lest we forget, it's 25 points for a win. This is tantalisingly poised.

1616: "No words, fantastic job today," said Alonso on the Ferrari team radio as news of his pole was confirmed. "Really well done."

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali: "With Felipe we had a problem with the gearbox. With Fernando in the (engine) programming we were not sure what we did. We pulled him in, fixed it first time. It is good to see the car going well, but it is a shame to have one car first when the other is last. The start is a crucial moment as we have seen - we need to concentrate on that at the moment."

BBC F1 analyst David Coulthard: "I think we've seen something very special today. The Red Bull had been fastest through all the practice sessions, Fernando has been keeping this up his sleeve. This was not an easy qualifying session but he has pulled it out when it matters."

1610: Alonso has collected more points from the last four races than any of his chief rivals and now he's romped to pole for the Singapore Grand Prix. The two-time world champion has hit top form at the perfect time.

1608: Vettel goes all out... but it's not good enough. Alonso still in position. Can Button do it? No! Fernando Alonso qualifies in pole position for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix. Alonso's two fastest laps were both faster than any managed by any other driver. Magnificent from the Spaniard.

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BBC Sport's Sarah Holt on Twitter: "Oh everyone's out now... pressure's on."

1605: All 10 cars are on the track and we're on the edge of our seats hear at BBC Towers. Alonso from Hamilton, Webber, Button, Barrichello, Rosberg, Vettel, Schumacher, Kobayashi.

Nick Heidfeld, who qualified 15th for Sauber in his first race this year: "I'm not completely happy although I have to remember that I was in the car for the first time yesterday. Hopefully I can get more out of the car tomorrow."

1600: Q3, aka the top-10 shoot-out, is under way. Why, pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz asks, is Webber not as quick as Vettel today? He's on a mission to find out, our Ted, and I'll be sure to relay his findings. Hamilton goes fastest but then he's pipped by Alonso with a 1:45.390.

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1555: "David, thank you for the commentary , reading it whilst shopping in Toys R Us in Mallorca. What will happen if the teams run out of engines? Will they loose points for rebuilding an old engine?"
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Noel, I believe taking a ninth engine will result in a 10-place grid penalty. Happy shopping!

1552: The second part of qualifying comes to an end and another seven drivers fall by the wayside. Alguersuari, Hulkenberg, Petrov, Buemi, Heidfeld, Sutil and Liuzzi bite the dust as Schumacher makes it through to the top-10 shoot-out for the first time since the British Grand Prix in July. So 10 minutes for Vettel, Alonso, Webber, Hamilton, Button, Rosberg, Kubica, Barrichello, Schumacher and Kobayashi to vie for position.

1548:Alonso is back out and tells his team the car is OK. It must be - he's just posted a new fastest ever lap at the circuit with a 1:45.809. But here comes Vettel and, blimey, he's gone round in 1:45.561 to set another new record. Webber third, Hamilton fourth, Button fifth. Michael Schumacher sneaks into the top 10 with a late flying lap. Dying moments of Q2.

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1543: "Martin Brundle mentioned the chicanes being a huge problem if a car approaches with brake problems. If we remember last year the Red Bulls and Brawns had massive brake issues. Could this be repeated and cause huge danger?"
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This track does put huge demands on the brakes and Sunday's heavy fuel loads won't make that any easier. Last year Webber suffered brake failure - he'll be desperate to avoid a repeat.

Virgin's Timo Glock after going fastest of the drivers from the new teams: "It was good fun today, the car was quite difficult to drive today and I think I managed to get a good lap out of the car and at Singapore the driver can make a difference. I like it around here, it's a good track for me."

1540: Seventeen drivers, 15 minutes, seven must go. Worrying times for Ferrari as Fernando Alonso talks to his race engineer Andrea Stella about his engine. Remember, Alonso is on to his eighth and final engine of the season. "Box now, we need to reprogram the car," says Stella on the team radio. Meanwhile, Renault's Petrov takes a spin and Lewis Hamilton posts the fastest ever lap at the Marina Bay street circuit with a 1:56.042. Button up to third position too. And there I was writing off McLaren!

1532: All set for Q2? Let's be hearing from you via Twitter @bbcsport_david, text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with FORMULA 1 before your message, or the 606 message boards.

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Ferrari on Twitter: "Session finished with one Ferrari at the top and one at the end! It is a pity for Felipe who had the potential to fight for the first rows."

1528: A few late laps from the slower cars, trying their utmost to sneak into Q2. But that's your lot and here and the seven men who will not be contesting the second round of qualifying: Glock, Kovalainen, Di Grassi, Trulli, Klien, Senna and most significantly of all Felipe Massa.

1525: Here comes Alonso... quickest! A lap of 1:46.541 puts the Spanish two-time world champion atop the timesheets. Vettel second, Webber third, Kubica four, Button sixth and Hamilton eighth - almost two seconds off the pace. Senna spins so we have a yellow flag. Q1 almost over.

1520: We're back under way. Robert Kubica posts a 1:47.168 to go third fastest in his Renault.

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Ferrari on Twitter: "It looks like a problem with the electronic management of the gearbox but, as said before, we need to wait until the car is back in the pit."

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Bezoblika on 606: "Well, if Ferrari's plan was to have Massa backing up everyone else to aid Alonso, they may have failed there..."

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BBC Sport's Sarah Holt on Twitter: "Massa's car is winched clear. We await definite news on the nature of the mechanical failure but his qualifying is over."

1514: "I've got a problem with the car, I think it's the engine," says Felipe Massa as his Ferrari comes to a halt on the track. Out comes the red flag and everyone heads into the pits. Q1 stopped with 10 minutes and 35 seconds remaining.

1510: Jenson Button tops the timesheets with a 1:48.254 but Fernando Alonso (1:47.623) jumps ahead and then Sebastian Vettel (1:46.960) trumps them both. McLaren some way off Red Bull so pace-wise this is looking like Red Bull v Ferrari. But here's a red flag...

1505: The quicker drivers are out on the harder 'prime' tyres and the slower guys have opted for the softer 'option' variety. The former want to save their soft tyres for Q2/Q3 and the latter need them now if they are to advance to that stage.

1503: Massive overstear from Michael Schumacher through Turn two. "Schoolboy error," says commentator Jonathan Legard on BBC One. Bad start to the flying lap for seven-time world champion Schumacher in his Mercedes.

BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard: "It's a shame that they have not been able to come up with a better solution for Turn 10, because the rest of the track is brilliant. The problem with it is that you arrive there so fast and it's completely flat - you can't see it until you've started braking. That's why it's so difficult. Without doubt there will be an incident there this weekend."

1500: And here they come - Q1 is go go go.

1455: It's a great circuit and that was a superb wrap from Brundle. Turn one is something of an accident hotspot but if the drivers get through the opening few opening few corners they can pick up speed from Turns four to seven. Turn seven is the best overtaking spot it's is particularly tricky due to the bumpy nature of the track. Turn eight is another potential overtaking spot but then comes the dreaded Turn ten chicane. Very tight with high and harsh kerbs, the 'Singapore Sling' will punish you if you don't treat it with care. Turns 11 and 12 are fairly fast but the drivers slow right down into Turn 13. There's a long straight down to Turn 14 and Turn 15 can be taken at around 140mph before you slow down for Turn 16. Turn 17 was where Nelson Piquet infamously crashed out of the 2008 and the corners that follow it under the grandstand are also low-to-mid speed. As the lap finishes, the drivers find their way through the long final corner, with its short apex that makes Turns 22 and 23, before hitting full throttle down the start/finish straight.

1449: All you need to know about the Marina Bay street circuit with Martin Brundle on BBC One and the live stream right now.

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1447: "Loving DC's shiny shoes, but I think Sir Lancelot may need them back!"
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1445: The intrepid Miss Holt also tells me that David Coulthard's shiny sneakers are "bronze sports shoes". Hmmm...

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson is in Singapore for the Grand Prix and is hanging out at the far end of the paddock at the home of the team his company sponsors. Branson was cagey about just what level of sponsorship he would commit to in 2011 but he says he will continue to be involved with the fledging Virgin Racing team. He also revealed the team's technical chief Nick Wirth is staying at home to work on next season's car for the next five races, adding that he hasn't been disappointed by this season's performance, which in its infancy was blighted by reliability problems. Branson also had some ideas about the future of Formula 1. He wants to give the elbow to the blue flags, that are waved to encourage backmarkers to get out of the way, but he is keen on introducing trackside sprinklers to create artificial wet-running during the race."

1440: Jake and Karun survived a drive around the Delhi circuit and they're now discussing next year's inaugural race with DC and EJ. Plenty of doubts over whether the venue will be ready in time but Karun insists it will. Let's hope we're not going to see a repeat of the Commonwealth Games .

1435: Part one of the Indian Grand Prix film on BBC One and the live stream at the top of this page... now!

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "Toro Rosso have acquired a new mascot in Singapore. When the Italian team arrived they found a bat hung in the eaves of their garage. Unfortunately, the bat in question had passed away - apparently it was not a result of car fumes. The mechanics decided to keep it hanging because they believe it's a good omen. Drivers Jamie Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi could use some extra luck. They've collected 10 points between them this season and haven't given up on added to that total in the remaining five races."

1430: P.S. Has everyone spotted DC's shiny shoes? Brilliant.

1430: David Coulthard says Singapore was one of the hardest grands prix he ever raced. DC explains how the night-time heat and humidity really takes it out of you physically. "Emotionally and psychologically, it's so, so hard for the drivers," says the Scot. In FP3 this morning, humidity was measured at 80% and BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos described how you feel like it's raining when it's not.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner on team orders: "The most important thing is that there is transparency on this issue. To have this ambiguity (following the Ferrari ruling) is something that needs to be addressed. For us we have two drivers competing for the world championship and we will continue supporting them until for one of them it is not mathematically and practically possible for them to win the championship."

1425: McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh and his Red Bull counterpart Christian Horner chatting to Jake on BBC One. A bit of team orders chat, a bit of 'flexi-bodywork' chat. So many talking points both on and off the track this weekend and our F1 commentator Jonathan Legard sums them all up in his excellent scene-setting blog ahead of Sunday's race. It's a must-read.

Hispania's stand-in driver Christian Klien on BBC One: "I've been waiting for this opportunity for three or four years so obviously it is great to be involved in a full race weekend. You can't believe how tough it is in the car with the humidity, I was nearly dying in there."

1420: Now back to the racing!

1418: Earlier on - at 1155 to be precise - I mentioned that Ferris wheel and promised to come back to it. The staggeringly big 'Singapore Flyer' is an unmissable feature of the Marina Bay street circuit and here's a bit more info. It's located beside straight between Turns 21 and 22, close to the pits, and it's the tallest Ferris wheel in world. Standing at 42 stories - 165m - the Flyer is 30m taller than London Eye. It initially rotated in a counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre but, apparently, the direction was switched in 2008 on the advice of Feng shui masters. Presumably the Feng shui people weren't so bothered about the race track - the drivers still go round that in a counter-clockwise direction.

1410: Jake, DC and EJ are up and running on BBC One, currently analysing what has become one of the closest title run-ins in the sport's recent history. Five men, five races, one winner.

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Virgin Racing driver Lucas di Grassi on Twitter: "Singapore track is still wet... after 7 hours without rain..."

1405: So what can we glean from practice? For those of you who missed FP3, have a read of Richard Rae's report and take a peek at Nabil Hassan's photo gallery. Red Bull certainly have the pace but Ferrari are not far off and McLaren, with the numerous upgrades they've brought with them to this high downforce race, will also fancy their chances. I'm going to be boring and say Vettel for pole.

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George on 606: "This qualifying session is going to be very important. It is difficult to overtake here in the race tomorrow. Probably fancy the Red Bulls here but also think Kubica can score good points."

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BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "Just four days ago, Jake Humphrey met Hispania driver Karun Chandhok in India to do a recce of the new Formula 1 circuit being built on the outskirts of Delhi for its debut next year. Work is well under way at the Greater Noida venue but there are already fears it won't be ready in time to stage the race , scheduled for 30 October. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is expected to cast his eye over proceedings soon but handily there are two men who can tell us what they've seen so far. Jake says: 'I must confess I was surprised by how much there is still to do. As things stand the track is wet, sloppy gravel in the general shape of an F1 circuit. The developers certainly seem confident that it will be ready on time.' Chandhok adds: 'I'm really glad Jake and the guys came out to India to take a look at the site. We had a great time out there. There's obviously a lot of work to be done in time for the race but I think it's pretty cool to see a work-in-progress circuit'."

1350: Just 10 minutes until the BBC One team go on air for their hour-long build-up to qualifying. During the programme, you can watch the first part of a film on how preparations are coming along for next year's inaugural Indian Grand Prix in Delhi.

1345: Now then, all 24 drivers will take to the Marina Bay street circuit for Q1, which starts at 1500 BST. It's a 20-minute session and slowest seven drop out. The remaining 17 advance to Q2 before seven more fall and the final 10 go hammer and tongs. At the end of all that we'll know the grid positions for tomorrow's race. Predictions please...

1340: Fed, watered and refreshed, I'm all set for what should be one of the season's most enthralling qualifying sessions. Care to join me?


1310: Just before I break for a sarnie, I'd better remind you to get yourselves back here for 1340 BST, when our coverage of qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix will commence. BBC One go live at 1400 BST. It promises to be something special under the bright lights of the Marina Bay street circuit. See you in a bit...

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Ferrari on Twitter: "Lap times are not too representatives as the last two minutes were affected by yellow flags. Anyway, it is clear that Red Bull is the quickest car today."

1305: Into the pits they come and it's Sebastian Vettel (1:48.028) who again tops the timesheets. The German heads Fernando Alonso (1:48.650), Lewis Hamilton (1:49.000), Felipe Massa (1:49.023), Nico Rosberg (1:49.056) and championship leader Mark Webber (1:49.212). Defending champion Jenson Button down in 13 with a lap of 1:50.060. Real shame about that yellow flag but, without further ado, we turn our attention to qualifying.

1300: It's getting tasty out there and Vettel sets a new quickest lap - 1:48.028. Alonso just six tenths slower. Hamilton, Rosberg and Webber there or there abouts. But then Senna goes into the run-off area at Turn 18, prompting a yellow flag and messing up everyone else's final lap before the chequered flag. Nice one, Bruno.

1255: So most of the field are out on their qualifying simulation laps, with low fuel and soft tyres. Hamilton goes for an immediate flying lap by backs out seemingly after making a slight mistake.

1252: Now for a short run on the softer 'option' tyres. Very slippery out there on the 5km Marina Bay street circuit at the moment.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Lewis Hamilton is sitting in the McLaren garage and seems very happy with his car. He's got a new high-downforce front wing so that's good that they've settled on that. He's also got the soft tyres. But Jenson Button has just made a change to the rear suspension and the McLaren mechanics are still working on his car."

BBC F1 analyst David Coulthard: "The conditions could be very important. No meaningful times will be set during third practice; the track is unlikely to dry out in this humidity and so we could go to qualifying with a green track."

1248: Alonso heads straight into the pits after that incident. Hamilton's there too. Vettel (1:48.350) sets another fastest lap to lead from Alonso, Hamilton and Webber - four of the five title contenders no less. Button down in 12th with a 1:50.066.

1245: Almost a moment of drama as Alonso emerges from the pits as Kubica enters the final part of the chicane at Turns one, two and three. Neither want to move on to the wet part of the track and nearly collide.

1243: Fresh engine for Red Bull's championship leader Mark Webber in Singapore. Webber, Hamilton and Button are all now on to seven engines for the season, so they only have one more available for the last five races. They should all be fine but Alonso is already on to his eighth so watch that space. Vettel, meanwhile, goes quickest with a lap of 1:48.730. Oh and humidity is at 80%!

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "There is something of a café society beginning to brew in the steamy climes of the Singapore paddock as the teams' verandahs are proving a very pleasant place to watch familiar faces go by. Most of the drivers were cooling off in their shorts before practice, which allowed Force India's Tonio Liuzzi to show off the tattoo on his calf. Rival team bosses Martin Whitmarsh of McLaren and Red Bull's Christian Horner met for a tete-a-tete in the McLaren motorhome. They had a good chat before emerging with smiles on their faces. And Mercedes boss Ross Brawn was ploughing on with a good British tradition as, ignoring the heat, he made his final preparations for practice with a nice mug of tea."

1235: One of the Williams' clips an apex at Turn 10, Hispana's Bruno Senna loses his rear on turning into the chicane and takes a 180 degree spin and Lewis Hamilton goes quickest with a lap of 1:49 dead.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson: "The reason for that is almost certainly because they will want to have as much downforce as possible - teams run with more downforce at Singapore than anywhere else, even Monaco. And in Ferrari's case, running the F-duct limits the total downforce they can run."

1230: Why's that, I hear you ask. Well, here's our expert AB with the probable answer...

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Ferrari have abandoned the F-duct aerodynamic device - certainly for this session. And if they're doing it for this they may well do it for qualifying as well."

1229: And Kubica lowers the bar further with a lap of 1:50.428. Good work from the Renault driver, who struggled with hydraulic problems in Friday practice.

1227: Times now being set, with Alguersuari going fastest with a 1:52.229. Hulkenberg, Buemi, Heidfeld, Petrov and Massa in the mix too. Ooh and Kubica's just set a 1:50.958.

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1224: "How's a wet session determined? If it's dry but several hours before it rained, will the race be classified a wet race if track surface wet but not a drop of water coming from the sky?"
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Race director Charlie Whiting would declare it at the beginning of the session but, as far as I can see, FP3 hasn't been declared as such.

1219: Petrov, Trulli, Di Grassi and Alguersuari out on the track, Di Grassi on a flying lap as we speak.

kerjialat on Twitter: "Head tells me Vettel, but I'm backing Webber all the way. That old man deserves a championship."

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anku_thakur on Twitter: "Vettel to qualify on pole, Webber 2nd, Alonso 3rd, Button 4th and Hamilton 22nd after a crash at Turn 10!"

1213: Most of the drivers popped out early doors for installation laps and they're now back in the pits. I'm told 240,000 tickets have been sold for this race weekend - cracking turn-out.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "I've spoken to race director Charlie Whiting about the notorious Turn 10 and he has said that nothing is wrong with that chicane and there are at least 10 other circuits that have that same type of chicane. He has also told the drivers not to complain to him about it on a Friday before the race but at the end of the season and the FIA will look at it."

1205: Lots of talk about Turn 10, aka the Singapore Sling. Great name but not everyone is too pleased with the challenges thrown up by this devilish chicane. McLaren drive Lewis Hamilton told BBC Sport it's one of the worst he's driven in F1.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "McLaren are still doing a back to back of the new front wing, which is slightly concerning. It's Saturday morning, three hours before qualifying and they still don't know which front wing they will be using. Not the improvement McLaren are looking for, it's fair to say."

1200: No rain, indeed, Lucas. But plenty of dampness and standing water from an earlier downpour. Keen to see how quickly/slowly it dries out. So who's it gonna be - Webber, Hamilton, Alonso, Button or Vettel? How about you Tweet me @bbcsport_david, send a text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with FORMULA 1 before your message, or get dip into 606 and I'll pick out the best comments. Third and final practice is go go go...

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Virgin Racing drive Lucas di Grassi on Twitter: "Singapore GP - No rain forecast for tonight. Everything is ready to go, I'm looking forward to drive this awesome circuit."

1155: Some beautiful pictures coming into us on the live feed - this is surely the dream ticket for our F1 cameramen. Singapore looks truly stunning, the crowds are pouring through the gates and that Ferris wheel (more on which in a bit) is casting its huge eye over Marina Bay. Drivers limbering up in the pits as we speak.

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BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra commentator David Croft on Twitter: " On air at 11.55am for FP3. Playing Audio Secrecy, the new Stone Sour album in the comm box to get us all warmed up. Like this one, good band."

1145: First things first, here's what we've got coming up for you today, my friends. Third and final practice starts at 1200 BST for an hour, with coverage on BBC 5 Live sports extra and the BBC Red Button. Qualifying gets under way at 1500 BST. TV coverage starts at 1400 BST on BBC One. And, lest we forget, you can watch all the thrills and spills via the live stream at the top of this page.

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Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Morning from the paddock in Singapore. Earlier shower means track still damp and taking a long time to dry out but outlook looks good."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Singapore: "Evening all. Singapore's night race is one of my favourite stops of the season - even though we are living in an upside-down world, where breakfast replaces lunch, lunch becomes a midnight feast and dinner is eaten at the crack of dawn. I must confess a certain element of delirium does set in, probably best summed up by Williams driver Rubens Barrichello, who says he feels like a 'vagabond' and has taken to playing a lot of poker to stay awake. Life off track may well be topsy-turvy but normal service could be resumed on it during qualifying at 10pm (1500 BST). The Red Bulls have taken 12 poles in 2010 and pacesetter Sebastian Vettel was more than a second faster than Jenson Button's McLaren in Friday practice. But Red Bull's championship leader Mark Webber says: 'Anyone can be on pole - us, Ferrari or McLaren.'"

1135: Hello there. Welcome to our coverage of final practice and qualifying for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix. We've got a belting couple of days ahead of us at the Marina Bay street circuit. Not sure about you but I'm bubbling with excitement, so who's going to join me for some action-packed night racing?

1130: Mark Webber to clinch a maiden championship? Lewis Hamilton to reclaim the title he won in 2008? Fernando Alonso to become a triple world champion? Jenson Button to retain his crown? Or Sebastian Vettel to leap from the back of the pack and trump the lot? FIVE contenders separated by ONE victory's worth of points with FIVE races remaining. This is Formula 1 at its barnstorming best. And the 2010 title run-in starts right here...



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Results

Position Driver Team

Final qualifying session completed. Lewis Hamilton qualifies on pole.

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
5 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
6 Brazil F Massa Williams
7 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
8 Finland V Bottas Williams
9 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
10 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
11 Great Britain J Button McLaren
12 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
13 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
14 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
15 Mexico S Perez Force India
16 France R Grosjean Lotus
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber
18 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
19 France J Bianchi Marussia
20 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
22 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham

see also
Singapore GP qualifying photos
25 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso storms to Singapore pole
25 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bulls head Button in practice
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Webber fastest in first practice
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Singapore GP practice photos
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso is main threat - Hamilton
23 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Klien stands in for ill Yamamoto
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Lotus revive historic team name
24 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
'Relaxed' Webber wants no regrets
23 Sep 10 |  Formula 1
Alonso beats Button to Monza win
12 Sep 10 |  Formula 1


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